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Jim McC 08-26-2013 09:38 PM

Replacing a shallow well jet pump
Is this a difficult job? We have a point well, and the pump sits on the basement floor. Our regular plumber say he cannot do the job, and his "pump guy" is out for a couple weeks. I assumed any plumber can do this, but he says no, it's too specialized.

A different plumber came out today, and said it would cost $1,200 plus materials for him to do it. Needless to say, I said no thanks. Are the Flotec pumps at Home Depot any good? Thanks.

cleveman 08-26-2013 09:54 PM

Generally, when you change something out, you take out the old one and put in a new one.

Jim McC 08-26-2013 11:25 PM

I'm sorry, but that doesn't help me or answer my questions.

JimL 08-27-2013 07:32 AM

I changed mine, simple, just take old one out, re-hook your plumbing up, i replaced the expansion tank. prime pump several times, check and adjust pressures if necessary...

joed 08-27-2013 08:14 AM

Pump should just plug in so no electrical required.
Pump should have two pipes, one from well and one to house.
Disconnect the pipes and connect to new pump. I can't say much more than that without actually seeing setup of old and new.
Prime pump and run.

old_squid 08-27-2013 12:41 PM

To install a new well pump in Wisconsin a professional (not the homeowner, and working for payment) must have a pump installers license. A homeowner can install their own as long as it is done to code.

Is it something that you should be able to accomplish by yourself? Only you can answer that. Look very carefully at what you have now. Take pictures and take them with you to wherever you plan on buying the pump. Hopefully someone there can look at what you have, discuss what needs to be done and between the two of you help you make a decision if it's something you feel comfortable doing.

If this is something you've never done before or you're not familiar with doing plumbing work plan on learning some of the finer print details of what needs to be done to install a shallow well pump and what can make it not work correctly. Check if the store has some kind of handyman's book or booklet on the process.

Biggest problems with installing this kind of pump is how it was installed in the first place in particular:
Do the new pump and old pump have the same size fittings and are they located in the same exact place?
What kind of piping was used on inlet and outlet?
Do you have the tools required to work both on the piping and possible electrical?
Make a list of items needed and buy EXTRA of each and if you'll need galvanized piping buy lots of extra short pipe lengths (nipples). Most every place will allow you to return for credit items not used and in sellable condition.

Like anything else, you don't know what you don't know until you have to know it.

Jim McC 08-27-2013 04:51 PM

Thanks guys. What about the price I was given? Isn't $1,200(including pump) plus materials VERY high?

Are the Flotec pumps at Home Depot any good? If not, what do you suggest?

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